Manly Man Yard Sale Coming April 18th
The RUMC United Methodist Men are planning to hold their annual “Manly Man” yard sale on Saturday, April 18th from 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM. They are looking for donations of tools, power tools, recreational equipment, yard furniture and collectibles.

If you have some old tools, an old fishing rod, a set of golf clubs, an Adirondack chair, a boat or a raft, or even a set of old baseball cards, we would like to turn your item into treasure for the church. If you would like to make a donation, contact Jack Findlay (813)626-9569 or drop off your donation any Wednesday through Saturday morning and ask for Joe Cornell.

“Imagine No Malaria” Events
Friday, April 17th is the South Central District’s Day of Prayer and Awareness for the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. Saturday, April 25th is World Malaria Day, and “Imagine No Malaria” events will be planned throughout the Florida Conference. We asking each person to donate $10 to this cause, so that RUMC can generate $1,000 in giving to “Imagine No Malaria” as a church family.

Say Farewell to Gemma and Lloyd
Gemma Armstrong, who has been the long-time chairman of the Board of Trustees, and who has been active in many church activities will be leaving us soon. She is returning to her native Trinidad, to return to her family there and to help take care of her mother.

Lloyd Koontz will also be saying goodbye after many, many years of membership at this church.  Lloyd is moving to Alabama to be closer to his son and his sons family.

On Sunday, April 19th, we will all have a chance to thank Gemma  and Lloyd for their service and to wish them well in the next phase of her life. There will be a reception in their honor immediately after church. The event will be sponsored by the Care Committee who will provide finger foods and small sandwiches.

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Bible Passage of the Week
Encounter at Emmaus

On that same day, two disciples were traveling to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking to each other about everything that had happened. While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself arrived and joined them on their journey. They were prevented from recognizing him.

He said to them, “What are you talking about as you walk along?” They stopped, their faces downcast.

The one named Cleopas replied, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who is unaware of the things that have taken place there over the last few days?”

He said to them, “What things?”

They said to him, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth. Because of his powerful deeds and words, he was recognized by God and all the people as a prophet. But our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the one who would redeem Israel. All these things happened three days ago. But there’s more: Some women from our group have left us stunned. They went to the tomb early this morning and didn’t find his body. They came to us saying that they had even seen a vision of angels who told them he is alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women said. They didn’t see him.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! Your dull minds keep you from believing all that the prophets talked about. Wasn’t it necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then he interpreted for them the things written about himself in all the scriptures, starting with Moses and going through all the Prophets.

When they came to Emmaus, he acted as if he was going on ahead. But they urged him, saying, “Stay with us. It’s nearly evening, and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. After he took his seat at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?”

They got up right then and returned to Jerusalem. They found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying to each other, “The Lord really has risen! He appeared to Simon!” Then the two disciples described what had happened along the road and how Jesus was made known to them as he broke the bread.

Luke 24:13-35 (CEB)
Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 9
Financial Peace University Begins.  Library, 6:45 PM

Friday, April 17
“Imagine No Malaria” Day.  South Central District.

Saturday, April 18
“Manly Man” Yard Sale. Crichton Hall, 7:00 AM-1:00 PM.

Sunday, April 19
Gemma Armstrong / Lloyd Koontz Farewell Reception.  Crichton Hall, 11:15 AM

Saturday, April 25
World Malaria Awareness Day. Selected events throughout the Florida Conference.

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8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
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Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the April, 2015 BELL Newsletter from this link.
RUMC Launches Online Giving

Riverview First United Methodist Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.






We also offer a mobile app version of our online giving page. Now, you can give anytime using your smart phone or tablet. Simply scan the image found in your Sunday bulletin or monthly Bell Newsletter using your device’s QR code reader.

Financial Peace University 
Returns to RUMC
This life-changing class taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video will be hosted and coordinated by Connie Mosley. The course will help you to achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for you money and change your family’s fortunes forever.

Financial Peace University classes will be held on Thursday evenings starting on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Classes begin at 6:45 PM and will be held in the library at the north end of Crichton fellowship hall.
The cost for this nine week course is only $93.00, a savings from the $199 list price. The cost covers the complete FPU training course and materials. Register online at this site.